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Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Sends First Screeners

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 1, 2010 at 6:54AM

Sony Pictures Classics marked yet another start of the awards season by sending out the first screeners--they will have many more to follow--of two films already in release, Rodrigo Garcia's relationship drama Mother and Child, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson, and David Michod's Australian gangster drama Animal Kingdom, starring Jacki Weaver as the ultimate bad mom.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Sony Pictures Classics marked yet another start of the awards season by sending out the first screeners--they will have many more to follow--of two films already in release, Rodrigo Garcia's relationship drama Mother and Child, starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Samuel L. Jackson, and David Michod's Australian gangster drama Animal Kingdom, starring Jacki Weaver as the ultimate bad mom.

SPC, which probably will have more movies in awards contention this year than any other distributor (if you count docs and foreign films), is getting these two movies out ahead of the onslaught so that they will have more chance of being seen by guild and Oscar voters. Actors will weigh this excellent Bening performance against an even showier one in The Kids Are All Right, which will probably reap the benefits of both. And critics groups will likely reward Weaver, putting her into the fairly uncompetitive supporting actress race.

Here are my interviews with Michod, Cholodenko and Bening.

This article is related to: Marketing, Studios, Genres, Awards, Oscars, Drama, Independents, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.